Microsoft exec hints at Windows 8 release in October 2012

“Over in Vegas at CES, Pocket-lint has been given its strongest indication yet that Microsoft will launch Windows 8 in October 2012,” Paul Lamkin reports for Pocket-lint. “Discussing the launch time frame during a briefing and demo session of the next-gen OS Janelle Poole, director of public relations of the Windows Business Group, said:”

We haven’t talked about the release date and we generally don’t. We are talking milestone to milestone, so for us right now we’re talking about the next milestone being the consumer preview happening in late February. One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we’ve always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that’s a good guideline to consider.

More info that points to an autumn 2012 release for Windows 8 the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bring it on!

As we wrote back on June 1, 2011:

Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto). By the time this hybrid spawn of Windows Phone ’07 + Windows 7ista actually ships, one can only dream where Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X will be! For Microsoft, it’ll be more like a nightmare… From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait… As if they needed it: More good news for Apple.

Related articles:
InfoWorld: Microsoft’s Windows 8 bogged down by legacy baggage – January 5, 2012
IDC: Windows 8 will be an upgrade bust on PCs, disappointing on tablets, too – December 5, 2011
Forrester: Microsoft’s Windows 8 will be very late to Apple iPad’s tablet party – November 29, 2011
Like Google’s Android, Microsoft’s Windows 8 looks like it violates Apple’s new ‘Slide to unlock’ patent – October 26, 2011
Windows 8 might turn off longtime users – September 30, 2011
3 reasons why Windows 8 may be dead on arrival – September 20, 2011
iOS 5 iPad 2 vs. Windows 8 preview tablet (with video) – September 16, 2011
Microsoft exec: Uh, no, Windows 8 tablets won’t run Windows PC apps – September 15, 2011
Corporate America to Microsoft: We’ll pass on Windows 8 – September 9, 2011
WSJ’s Mossberg reviews Mac OS X Lion: ‘The best computer operating system’ – July 21, 2011
Researchers: Apple’s Mac OS X Lion is the king of security – July 21, 2011
Microsoft developers horrified over Windows 8 preview – June 13, 2011
More good news for Apple: Microsoft previews Windows 8 (with video) – June 1, 2011


  1. lol, seriously? how long have they been talking about this? I think I remember chatter from 6 months ago!! it’s just they’re sales tactic I guess, get everyone all riled up over a sub-par os so that when it does finally come out people flock to the stores

      1. Yeah. good to know that the mac community is the exact opposite 🙂

        Apple doesn’t do much, besides losing a product in some bar somewhere… and we get to speculate and have fun, then be pleasantly surprised every time a new device comes out.


  2. Lol, haven’t they been talking about Windows 8 for a long time already? At least the iPad has nothing to be scared of till then… ; ). Once Windows 8 tablets start shipping, the iPad is DOOMED!….or not. ; )

  3. Can’t wait for all the iPad killer articles. I’m guessing they are already written and sitting in the que, with just the “manufacturers name” and “hard ware spec’s” table needing to be filled in.
    There will be no discussion of Apps, ecosystem or security.

    Just more of this spec and this GHZ crap. It will be a great upgrade path for all those kindle fires people will be tired of.

  4. Changing the hubcaps every three years is not the same as shipping a new ‘release’. Windows still runs a flathead 8 connected to a three-speed manual transmission with a column shifter and a sticky clutch, leaf springs and non-power steering in the chassis, and vinyl-covered benchseats front and back. The clock on the dashboard stopped running years ago, but when it did work, it tick-tocked.

  5. I’ve been running the developer preview in virtualization for a couple of months now. It’s the tiled Metro UI layered over Windows 7. You toggle between 2 entirely different experiences, one of which has been around for years.

  6. I wonder how much it will cost? 199? Are they stupid enough to try and charge that? How about so many versions no one knows how to upgrade? I smell Vista 2 in the air…

  7. “always said Windows releases come round about very three years”

    Yep, Vista took around three years all right – from August 2001 to November 2006 is round about three years

    Or did they “always say” it would take about three years when it actually took a lot longer

    Apparently it is still part of the job description for m$ people who speak to the press to be pathologically deceptive/untruthful

  8. Windows 8 is actually quite nice. And Windows 7 has been rock solid in its performance.
    This is a cross platform world. All OSs should perform up to task.
    Windows 7 is a far cry from XP. It runs just fine.
    I prefer Mac OS X and run it about 90% of the time.

  9. ‘We are talking milestone to milestone.’

    Firstly, talk these days seems to be just that, talk.

    Secondly, factory workers in 19th C England were happy to just have jobs. If you don’t know any better, you can easily think something is great when it is not, which is the camp most PC users are in. They marvel at what their computers can do, and they CAN do quite a lot. But compared to the Mac, they are always 3-4 steps behind.

  10. Isn’t it interesting that Enterprise Microsoft is going “milestone to milestone” with little plan apparent, and no date ready to commit to, while long-haired hippie, loose-cannon Apple never announces anything until they have it ready to ship (but are usually so on schedule that everyone knows when to expect something, bar a realignment once in a blue moon)?
    It’s like Target put out a blank shelf with a sign that says “future product of unknown features and unknown price coming at unknown date”.

    1. …but we’re Microsoft, so don’t even think about going to another vendor, because our product will be so much better than theirs is, and because we will have 35 versions of it, and because silly people buy from them and serious people buy from us, and because we own the market or soon will, and because our goon squad can beat up theirs

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